Just finished watching Nagi no Asukara and I feel a mixture of not only mad, sad, and disappointed because of the open ending but also happy, giddy and slightly relieved because of the open ending
Huh? It isn’t an opening ending.
Hikari and Manaka have…
Of course. A pillar can fall and crush Hikari and Manaka and kill them, but the romantic arc set up since the first episodes which always aimed to two couples: Manaka and Hikari; and Chisaki and Tsumugu had the pay off.
If they work out or not, it isn’t important. What matters is that they are aware and accepted their feelings which was what the show was aiming to. There is an obvious difference between Hikari and Manaka, who are 14, and Chisaki and Tsumugu, who are 19. Not just by the fact one embraced romantically and was witnessed by someone’s parents while the other didn’t have this moment, but nearly had. Chisaki decided to keep living in Tsumugu’s house, rather than returning to her house under the sea. Her parents are not only aware, but very supportive of her relationship and her bond with his family by the comment her mom will teach her new recipes (and the show had them cast on a more sexual charged light, like the time Tsumugu accidentally walked on Chisaki as she changed. Meanwhile Manaka and Hikari get a scene like this similar earlier but about… the fish on her knee, it’s more innocent). Manaka and Hikari are just young who are making baby steps and taking it easy.
Chisaki and Tsumugu seem, on the other hand, to have a project together.
Then we have Sayu and Kaname. Miuna and Minegishi. Minegishi hasn’t given up, Miuna is moving on (and she was the one who greeted him first before walking away), the possibilities are open. Kaname is slowly noticing and appreciating Sayu. There is a greater possibility in them. There is no 100% confirmation because, unlike the couples I mentioned above, their arcs began to move after the hibernation while Manaka/Hikari and Tsumugu/Chisaki were set up and frozen when it happened.
I rambled a little. Forgive me.